What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

Posted on January 25, 2023

Understanding the Boiler Upgrade Scheme

If your boiler’s reaching the end of its lifespan, you’ll be considering replacing it. But before settling on another gas boiler, it’s worth considering the benefits of installing a heat pump. With the government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), the cost of a low-carbon heating system is reduced, making it much more accessible. Here’s some information about the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, who is eligible, and how to apply.

What heating systems are covered by the scheme?

The BUS covers three key low-carbon heating options:

  • Air source heat pump (£5,000 off)
  • Biomass boiler (£5,000 off)
  • Ground source heat pump (£6,000 off)

Biomass boilers are only eligible under certain circumstances, such as if the property is in a rural location and not connected to the gas grid.

Which heating system is right for me?

Your installer can tell you which system is best for your property. Most homes or small business properties will need either an air or ground source heat pump. Which you choose depends on the space available at your property and your budget.

Your installer may suggest you improve your home’s overall energy efficiency before investing in a heat pump by adding loft insulation or cavity wall insulation.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme eligibility

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is open to homeowners and owners of small business properties in England and Wales. To qualify for the scheme, you must own your own property, which must have an installation capacity of up to 45kWth. The property must also have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), with no outstanding loft or cavity wall insulation recommendations.

The funding covers not only the heat pump installation but also the cost of installing radiators. Underfloor heating, however, is exempt.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme – how to apply

If you decide to go ahead with heat pump installation, you must obtain quotes and choose a reputable, MCS Certified Installer. They will apply for the grant on your behalf and deduct it from the final cost of the work. The only thing you’ll need to do is confirm to Ofgem that your chosen installer is acting on your behalf.

As an MCS certified installer covering Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, south London, Berkshire and Wiltshire, we at Aura Heating can install air source heat pumps. Our professionals will provide a comprehensive quote for the work, confirm your eligibility for funding, and apply for it on your behalf. Contact us today to learn more.

Boiler upgrade scheme FAQs

While the BUS isn’t available in Scotland or Northern Ireland, both countries have their own schemes available to help with the cost of installing low-carbon heating systems.

The BUS is only available to property owners replacing a fossil fuel system with a low-carbon option. If your boiler uses gas, oil or LPG, you can apply for the scheme.